What is Chemical Exfoliation?
Chemical Exfoliation is one of the oldest cosmetic treatments performed, dating back to ancient Egyptian times when, natural acids derived from fruit and milk were applied to the skin in the name of beauty. As knowledge and science have advanced, chemical peels are much more sophisticated and specific to a variety of skin problems, including uneven pigmentation, dull, dry or oily skin, wrinkles, blocked pores and acne
Levels of Chemical Exfoliation
- This type of exfoliation stays within the stratum corneum layers.
- May cause some slight sloughing, but usually only from repetitive treatments or continuous use of the product.
- This chemical exfoliant can create a wound to all of or part of the epidermis down to the basal cell layer.
- Mild flaking will occur with these treatments.
Indications & Benefits
Chemical exfoliation provides amazing results. Listed below are skin conditions and some of the benefits that are possible:
- Acne/Congestion — Refined appearance of pores, decreased blemishes
- Aging Skin — Increased elasticity, fine lines minimized
- Dehydration — Increased ability of skin to absorb products
- Photodamage — Reduced appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation
- Sensitivity & Redness — Decrease of inflammation and redness
- Sluggish Skin — Improves skin’s tone and texture
A chemical exfoliation treatment causes a controlled wound to the skin. A healthy body will heal faster and with less chance for side effects. If the client has a low immune system from a cold, disease, medication, etc, the healing skin will be compromised.
Am I suitable for a treatment?
There are contraindications that would prevent a client from receiving a chemical exfoliation treatment:
- Active facial rashes
- Open or unidentified lesions
- Deficient immune system
- Pregnancy or lactating
- Recent laser resurfacing or surgery
- Accutane usage
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Serious illness
- Any type of dermatitis, including eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea
If a client has a propensity to viral lesions such as herpes simplex, it is advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid flare-ups. A chemical exfoliation can not be done on anyone with active herpes simplex.
Does it hurt?
Superficial exfoliation may sting, prickle of feel hot for a brief minute or two, but are not described as painful.
Post Exfoliation Treatment Recommendations
- Use recommended skincare products
- Discontinue use of Hydroxy Acids and Retinols following your treatment
- Do not use harsh scrubs or abrasive loofahs following your treatment
- Avoid direct sun exposure and wear a sunscreen daily
- Avoid vigorous activity and extreme heat
- Do not go swimming or put face underwater
- Do not take long or hot showers or put face under a hot stream of water
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Avoid surfaces that could irritate your skin (i.e. pillows, beards, collared or turtleneck shirts)
- Do not pick or prematurely peel the skin as this will cause hyperpigmentation and/or surface scars
- Return in one week for a post treatment follow up visit
- This is a very important part of the chemical exfoliation treatment.